AIR FORCE COLONEL GETS JAIL TIME - PLEADS
GUILTY TO SEX CHARGES - CAREY STEGALL TO
FORFEIT PAY WHILE LOCKED UP FIVE MONTHS
NO WORD ON IF HE TO LOSE PENSION - HAS 28
YEARS SERVICE - ADMITTED ADULTERY, OGLING
CHILD PORN ON GOVT. COMPUTER AND TRYING
TO IMPEDE AN INVESTIGATION - NABBED WHILE
WORKING AT PENTAGON IN 2008 - FULL BIRD HAD
BEEN REASSIGNED TO DESK JOB AT ANDREWS
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Was that a pig we just saw flying through the air? We know it wasn't a tech sergeant or junior officer.
In a rare occurrence, an Air Force bird colonel will do "hard time" in jail after pleading guilty to various sex charges. The 28 year-veteran may get to keep his pension, although being retired in a grade lower than 0-6 is very likely.
Col. Carey Stegall was nabbed at his computer while working in the high-level Office of National Assessment in the Pentagon. Investigators said the colonel committed adultery, ogled child porn, sent explicit e-mails to a married woman, and tried to impede an investigation.
Under terms of the plea agreement, the officer will serve five months of incarceration and forfeit his monthly paycheck while behind bars. But Air Force Dist. of Washington spokesperson Aletha Frost was vague about whether or not the full colonel would be denied his pension just shy of 30 years active duty.
FISCUS PRECEDENT HELPED STEGALL CUT PLEA DEAL
If the Air Force sticks to its previous policy of light punishment for senior officers - no USAF general has ever been court-martialed in the 63-year history of that military service, apparently you become a "choir boy" when you pin on stars - Stegall will get to keep most of his pension check. Disgraced top JAG, former Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Fiscus, who confessed to sexual affairs with two dozen subordinate females, got a slap on the wrist from his flag officer buddies and lost a few bucks off his retirement as he skipped out the back door, laughing all the way to the bank.
A good attorney for Stegall could cite that shocking precedent and other examples of injustice in the Air Force to save his client's pension, should it ever be threatened. We suspect the prosecution already knew that card could be played, so allowed Stegall to negotiate terms.
Stegall has been working a desk job at Joint Base Andrews in Washington ever since being caught in late 2008. That's two years and close to $250,000 in paychecks cashed before he finally cut a deal with prosecutors. Not bad.
Would a master sergeant get the same soft treatment? Right. Even a captain would likely be dismissed from the service, while an enlisted member could count on a court-martial and being kicked out of the military without a thank you or goodbye.
DIFFERENT SPANKS FOR DIFFERENT RANKS. Some things in the "core values" Air Force never change.